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Sectional swimming

Advancement: Winning swimmers and those meeting a qualifying standard advance to the Feb. 23-24 state meet at Evanston. Winning divers and the 32 best non-winners statewide also advance.

Qualifying standards: 200-yard medley relay - 1:37.29; 200 freestyle - 1:44.32; 200 individual medley - 1:57.77; 50 freestyle - 21.86; 100 butterfly - 52.33; 100 freestyle - 47.72; 500 freestyle - 4:44.73; 200 freestyle relay - 1:27.71; 100 backstroke - 53.32; 100 breaststroke - 59.80; 400 freestyle relay - 3:12.86.

At Normal Community

When: Diving, 9 a.m. Saturday; swimming, 1 p .m.

Area entrants: Bloomington, University High, Normal West, Normal Community, Pontiac, Metamora co-op, Olympia, Central Catholic, Tri-Valley, Deer Creek-Mackinaw.

Team outlook: The top-ranked entrant is No. 7 Peoria Notre Dame, the Big 12 Conference champion. Reigning champion University High is ranked No. 11. 

Individual outlook: The only top-seeded Intercity entry is U High's 200 medley relay (1:38.92). Justin Alderson of the Metamora co-op is favored to win the 200 IM (1:56.97) and 100 breaststroke (59.75). In the 100 backstroke, three entrants have been under the state qualifying standard including defending champion and top-seeded Brett Spires of Pontiac (52.01) and No. 2 seed Andy Ritsema of U High (53.23). Alabama recruit Colton Stogner of U High has been under the qualifying standard in the 50 free (21.68) and brings a best of 47.82 to the 100 free. Stogner is the defending champion in both events. Wisconsin-recruit Harrison Fudge of U High (1:00.74) is the returning champion in the 100 breaststroke.

Area teams at Urbana: Clinton, Lincoln.

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